Neck and Shoulder Pain as Caused by Strained Rhomboid Muscles Neck and shoulder pain may occur together or individually, depending on the source of pain and the parts of muscles involved. Studies also demonstrates that neck and shoulder pain are about half of the prevalence of lower back pain. Overall, neck and shoulder pain counts […]
Neck and shoulder pain may occur together or individually, depending on the source of pain and the parts of muscles involved. Studies also demonstrates that neck and shoulder pain are about half of the prevalence of lower back pain. Overall, neck and shoulder pain counts as one of the most common illnesses that every individual may suffer from.
What many people aren’t aware of is that chronic neck and shoulder pain may be caused by strained rhomboid muscles, which takes more than massages and pain reliever pills to heal.
The rhomboids are skeletal muscles located in your upper back, connecting the spine and the shoulder blades. There are two kinds of rhomboid muscles – the rhomboid minor and the rhomboid major – both help in moving the shoulder blades together while maintaining the posture of the shoulders. Both muscles are covered by a more superficial muscle called Trapezius.
Your rhomboid muscles may become weak or strained because that are being overused, or because of your bad posture.
Activities like rowing, hiking where you carry a heavy backpack on one shoulder, and other activities that require over-the-head exertion like serving tennis ball strenuously, or even reaching out to an object kept at a higher shelf can strain the rhomboid muscles.
When the rhomboid muscles are strained, the muscle fibres are either torn or overstretched, causing back pain and stiffness in the shoulder. You may then experience a knot feeling in the muscles, preventing you to move your shoulders and neck comfortably. Since the muscle fibres of your rhomboids are connected to the neck and shoulder, it is expected that the pain radiates to these parts of the body, causing neck and shoulder pain.
A neck and shoulder pain, caused by strained rhomboid muscles, can be effectively cured when the root cause of the pain is taken care of. Fortunately, this case doesn’t require surgery; however, you may need to change your daily activities and habits that compromise your rhomboids. The following are short-term and long-term treatment to strained rhomboids:
Short-term and Immediate Home Care for neck and shoulder pain (Temporary Relief)
These treatments can relieve the pain for the time being; however, they will not bring long term solutions.
Aude is an ex corporate Lawyer with a passion for health, self development and independence which lead her to give up her former career to help others through health.
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